GSU president Wolff elected to Board of TrusteesPaula Wolff, an alumna of the University of Chicago and president of Governors State University, has been elected to the Board of Trustees. Her five-year term extends through June 2002.
Wolff recently succeeded Arthur Quern as Chair of the Hospitals' Board of Trustees. She has been a member of the Hospitals' board since 1992.
Before being named president of Governors State in 1992, Wolff served as director of policy and planning for Gov. James Thompson from 1977 to 1991, and she led Gov. Jim Edgar's transition team in 1990-91. As head of policy and planning, she directed development and implementation of policy for all areas of state government, serving as a liaison to 57 state agencies and chairing six subcabinets representing 67,000 state employees with a $25 billion budget.
In addition to serving on the Hospitals' board, Wolff has long been involved in service to the University. She is a member of the Council for the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and a member of the Visiting Committee to the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. She is a former Chairman and current member of the Laboratory Schools' board.
Wolff is a director of the Joyce Foundation, a trustee of the Johnson Foundation and a member of the executive committee of the Metropolitan Planning Council. She has been a visiting distinguished fellow at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and was the director of the Chicago Cluster Initiative, which coordinates public, social and educational services for Chicago youth.
Wolff received her B.A. in 1967 from Smith College, and her A.M. in 1969 and her Ph.D. in 1972 from the University. She lives in Hyde Park with her husband, Wayne Whalen, and their four children, all of whom have graduated from or are students at the Laboratory Schools.